Sonoma Valley Vineyards, Wineries, Appellations & Grape Varieties

Sonoma County Vineyards and Wineries

Sonoma County is one of California’s largest producers of winegrapes, even out producing the Napa Valley. Almost every grape grown in California is represented here, and is made into a wide array of styles. The prominence of the California wine industry and Sonoma County in particular has established worldwide recognition of the region.

History of Vineyards and Wineries in Sonoma County

Winemaking in Sonoma County is steeped in history, going back to1812, when Russian colonists planted and cultivated grapes at Ft. Ross, an early Russian settlement in what is now Sonoma County. But it was the Spanish Franciscan Fathers who can be credited for laying the foundation of the Sonoma County wine industry in 1823 when Padre Jose Altimera planted grape vines at the northernmost mission, San Francisco Solano in Sonoma. Today, Sonoma County is a wine region as diverse as any could possibly be, with something for just about everyone. Sonoma County truly is America’s viticultural cornucopia!

Winegrowing Appellations of Sonoma County

The diversity of climate, soils and geography in Sonoma County means that cooler climate grapes grow well in certain appellations and in others warm weather climate grapes are more suitable. The patchwork quilt that is Sonoma County contains 13 appellations:

  1. Alexander Valley Appellation
  2. Bennett Valley Appellation
  3. Chalk Hill Appellation
  4. Dry Creek Valley Appellation
  5. Green Valley of Russian River Valley Appellation
  6. Knights Valley Appellation
  7. Los Carneros Appellation
  8. Northern Sonoma Appellation
  9. Rockpile Appellation
  10. Russian River Valley Appellation
  11. Sonoma Coast Appellation
  12. Sonoma Mountain Appellation
  13. Sonoma Valley Appellation
  14. Petaluma Gap

Grape Varieties Grown in Sonoma County Vineyards and Wineries

Notable Wineries and Vineyards of Sonoma County

Within this appellation’s 55,000 acres, approximately 200 wineries make Sonoma County their home. Some notable wineries are:

Sonoma County Vineyards and Wineries by Appellation:

  1. Alexander Valley Wineries and Vineyards
  2. Bennett Valley Wineries and Vineyards
  3. Chalk Hill Wineries and Vineyards
  4. Dry Creek Valley Wineries and Vineyards
  5. Green Valley of Russian River Valley Wineries and Vineyards
  6. Knights Valley Wineries and Vineyards
  7. Los Carneros Wineries and Vineyards
  8. Northern Sonoma Wineries and Vineyards
  9. Rockpile Winesries and Vineyards
  10. Russian River Valley Wineries and Vineyards
  11. Sonoma Coast Wineries and Vineyards
  12. Sonoma Mountain Wineries and Vineyards
  13. Sonoma Valley Wineries and Vineyards
  14. Petaluma Gap

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